Tuesday 28 January 2020

Fake news? Trump asked to remove false Time cover from his golf resorts

Donald Trump pictured at Doonbeg in west Clare. Photo: Kip Carroll
Donald Trump pictured at Doonbeg in west Clare. Photo: Kip Carroll
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

US President Donald Trump has spent much time airing his grievances against the media and 'fake news' but this week he was asked to remove copies of a fake magazine cover from the walls of his golf resort.

The mock Time magazine cover, featuring Trump prominently, is hanging on the wall of several of his golf resorts.

It hung at one stage in his Doonbeg resort in Co Clare but this week was found in a manager's office instead of on display.

The cover purportedly a March 1 2009 edition of the magazine but Time confirmed to the Washington Post that the cover was fake. 

“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the dominant headline on the mock magazine reads.

 Above the Time logo, there is another headline in all caps that reads: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

The smaller headlines - referring to inside stories about Obama, climate change and the financial climate - are real and featured in the March 2 2009 edition of the magazine.

Time has asked the Trump organisation to remove the magazine covers which are framed and displayed for Trump guests to see.

The Trump Organization did not respond to questions about who made the cover and why it was displayed at Trump clubs and the White House also did not respond when asked if Trump knew the covers were fake.

“We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another,” a press spokesperson told the paper.

Trump did appear on Time before his foray into politics - in January 1989.  He has appeared on the cover 13 times since his entry to politics.

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